On December 6, 2011, the City Commission passed a resolution that N.W. 29th Street will now be known as “Ben Geiger Drive.”
Otis Benjamin Geiger served on the Coral Springs City Commission from 1974 to 1990, and was Mayor for 12 of those years. Mayor Geiger was an integral part of the early development and growth of Coral Springs. Under his leadership, many of the current city facilities in Coral Springs became a reality including the City Center (now known as the Center for the Arts) and the original Public Safety Building. He was also instrumental in the development of the Coral Square Mall and the construction of the Sawgrass Expressway.
“Former Mayor Ben Geiger accomplished so much for the City of Coral Springs and helped set the foundation for the City. You really can’t say enough about how wonderful the City is without thinking of the work that he did for the community,” Mayor Roy Gold said. “His imprint on the City of Coral Springs will always be felt and for this, we will be forever grateful.”
After Geiger’s passing in July 2011, a committee was formed to consider an appropriate way to honor his legacy. The Geiger Family requested naming a street after Mayor Geiger and the committee felt 29th Street, between Coral Springs and Coral Hills Drives, would be most suitable as he was so instrumental in the growth of Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts.
“My family and I greatly appreciate this honor. This is a tribute that will immortalize him,” son Ben Geiger Jr. said.
The City Commission also thanks those volunteers who worked with staff as part of the committee, including former City Commissioners Don Sanders and Rhonda Calhoun, as well as long-time resident Jim Reilly.